Date: Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 3:55pm
Thank you for agreeing to speak with NCNB today…
You served in the Korean War in the early 50’s, what was your time like within
Coming from a broken home and joining at 15 years of age,
the Army was a family that helped me to be a better citizen and gave me status,
good manners and an education!
When leaving the Military did you have an idea
or plan of what you wanted to do? If so,
did you stick to it or end up doing something else?
I was fortunate in having a previous comrade who offered me
a job, but I moved into training and Health and Safety which enabled me to go freelance
in the end.
The Military have banter amongst the different
Cap Badges, is it still like that in Chelsea Hospital?
Of course! The Inter-Regimental banter is always president
and in constant use!!
What is life like in the Chelsea Hospital? Are
there lots of similarities to Military life that you can tell us about?
The life here is excellent and suits as one gets older with
many facilities open to us. A Military ethos is prevalent, and one is proud to
be back in uniform again.
What influenced you to sign up for BGT and what
emotions were you feeling the day of your audition?
I was dared to enter! I had told a colleague that with regards
to the voice “If you don’t use it, you’ll lost it.” I was very apprehensive,
but it helped when the judges were so kind.
As a Chelsea Pensioner, prior to winning BGT,
tell me about how the general public react when they see you out and about? Any
We always get asked for photographs when we are out and
about in Scarlett. London Taxi Drivers are very generous with free or reduced
rides, as are many shops and restaurants.
As you won Britain’s Got Talent, you performed
in front of members of the Royal Family. What was it like going from performing
in the Military to performing in the Royal Variety Performance?
The Royal Variety Show is to be filmed in November; I am
hoping that we may see the Queen in the audience which will be the greatest
I am hoping that my contribution will include my colleagues
who were on stage with me on the BGT Final.
Are there any other hidden talents within the
There are a number of very accomplished artists and ceramic
If you had to go to dinner with 6 people and you
could choose anyone, what 6 people would you chose?
Sir Winston Churchill, HM The Queen, Michelle Obama, Katherine
Jenkins, Stephen Fry and any member of the Invictus Team!
Tell us something about you no-one else will
I am actually quite shy!
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk
with us, any final words or wisdom you would like to share with the Armed
Forces Community for retirement?
Go for it
boys and girls! You have many talents to offer. Follow your dreams!